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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Block: Just Live 'cuz You Can is a speculative fiction novel written by Richard Seaman. It's set in the near future, after yet another war to end all wars bankrupts the American government. The responsibility for the now-defunct Social Security Administration's payments to senior citizens has been handed off to the states, and Medicare is virtually non-existent and limited to the most basic of care courtesy of the Social Security Revision Act of 2025. Savvy seniors were taking advantage of the Federal Real Property Repurposing Act which provided housing in vacant, mostly neglected neighborhoods. Seniors were basically left to fend for themselves. Many did not survive; some did.
Richard Seaman's speculative fiction novel, The Block: Just Live 'cuz You Can, is well-written and contains engaging and sometimes unforgettable characters. I enjoyed meeting the narrator, Doug Richards, his wife Loui, Big Steve and the rest of the remarkable and resilient seniors who formed the community that became known as The Block. The stories Doug tells of the early hard days when they scavenged and reinvented themselves are entertaining and often humorous. Seaman has an easy and conversational writing style that soon had me thinking of Doug as a real live person, and I became engaged in and concerned with his life and that of the others in the community.